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Battling For Places


12:00 23rd March 2013

Saunders pleased with competition

Dean Saunders believes Jack Robinson and Stephen Ward’s battle for the left back spot can only boost Wolves between now and the end of the season.

Robinson, who scored his first goal for England Under-21s in Thursday’s 3-0 win against Romania (pictured), made a promising impact since arriving on loan from Liverpool, particularly in Saturday’s victory against Bristol City.

But the experienced Ward also impressed against Millwall and Nottingham Forest when recalled to the side, and may also come into the equation in terms of playing on the left hand side of midfield following Bakary Sako’s injury.

“Jack is only 19 and he’s learning all the time,” said Saunders.

“Both him and Doherty have done well to walk into a Championship situation that we’re in from the Under-21s league.

“Jack is aggressive – we saw that tackle on Paul Anderson against Bristol City and then he put in another straight afterwards on Albert Adomah.

“They were clean tackles but he just showed some aggression.

“It sends a message out ‘you’re not getting your own way against me’.

“It’s good competition ad I’ve also got the option of playing him and Wardy as well, with Sako getting injured.

“Wardy can play in front of Jack if he needs to.

“We’ve got some competition now at right back and left back.”

Saunders is confident that the team spirit within the squad is now coming to the fore and has helped with recent results.

He added:  “It’s been coming and I feel inside that we’ve been making progress, even though we haven’t been getting the right results.

“Now we’re starting to get the results, which is the main thing.

“We’re on 42 points now and I think we definitely have to get to 51 points.

“And I think when you saw how the players celebrated the second goal with Kevin Doyle, you could see what it meant to them.”

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